The newest fundraising effort we have underway is to run the "HELP WANTED" ads you'll see below in newspapers across the country. We are using the town I live in, Norfolk, NE (in northeast Nebraska), as a "test case" for these ads to see what kind of response, if any, we get from people on the ground that will see these ads. We are seeking people in communities all over the country to be the eyes and ears for us on the ground when and if that becomes necessary. Of course, these ads are also intended to get the attention of Governor Palin in the hope that she will reconsider her decision to not run for president in 2012. If these ads also help persuade people to vote for her in their state primary or caucus, that's great too.
We need all kinds of information from people on the ground such as state-specific primary/caucus rules, television and radio station contact information, popular/well-placed/available billboards, all kinds of things that only people that live in a particular community can provide. There are "secret" (facebook's terminology, not mine) state-specific groups set-up on facebook so people in each state can coordinate their efforts as well. These state-specific groups will be used as needed and members will be added as deemed necessary by each "state captain" as they are established.
Here are the new "HELP WANTED" ads that will be run in newspapers across the country. The first ad below will run in the Norfolk Area Shopper which is a free publication that will reach all homes in Norfolk as well as in several surrounding communities (approx 29,000 homes). The cost of the 2-column by 5-inch "display ad" below is $85.00 and will run one time on Wednesday, January 11, 2011. If you wish to donate to future placings of these ads in other papers across the country you may do so via PayPal HERE. The ad below has been enlarged so that it is legible in this post. Also, feel free to take a screen shot of it or save the photo and use it as you see fit. We own this ad and may share it wherever we'd like. Email it, share it on facebook. Feel free to share all of our advertising or even this blog post if you so wish. You do not need to ask. Just do it. Thanks!
|Ad as it will appear in the Norfolk Area Shopper.|
|Norfolk Daily News ad.|
The ad to the left is the ad as it will appear in the Norfolk Daily News which is the local newspaper in Norfolk, NE.
This ad will reach the regular circulation of the paper (16,000 homes) plus an additional 10,000 homes via "The Daily News Plus" which is a free publication put out by the Daily News each Wednesday. The ad is a one-column by 7-inch ad. It's final cost was $158.26.
These ads have been made "small" so that they remain as inexpensive as possible - this way we can cover many more areas of the country. Just for comparison, a full-page ad in the Des Moines Register was going to cost about $27,000.00.
In each placement, the cheaper of the two options was used - the "display ad" in the Norfolk Area Shopper vs. the "paragraph-style" ad in the Norfolk Daily News. We're not seeking to make a "flashy appearance" with these ads. We're seeking local "boots on the ground."
Also, if we garner more media attention by "blanketing" the country with ads, that could be helpful to our cause, too.
As explained to me by the person I worked with at the Norfolk Daily News, in order to be in compliance with the law, it is necessary to list the name of a representative of the group along with an address. The use of my name and address was decided upon by Sandra Bailey and I. The listing of any name and address was not necessary in the ad in the Norfolk Area Shopper because that publication is a free publication and is not a subscription newspaper.
We also have a radio ad that is running in New Hampshire. It will run through mid-day Tuesday, January 10th, 2011 on WKBK This radio ad was written and produced by Richard Garrell and others in connection with the "Vote Rogue" group and "Sarah Palin's 2012 Earthquake" is responsible for it's dissemination via the donations we've received. (Come on Palin supporters - the "old" Iowa radio ad could use a few "likes" on YouTube, too.)
The radio ad that is currently running in New Hampshire may be heard below.
The two television commercials below have run in Iowa and may still be run in other states in the near future. Obviously, some minor changes to each of the commercials will be needed for whichever state they may run in in the future, but you'll get the idea of what they are about by watching them below.
This commercial was made by Joshua Thuma:
I made this commercial:
Both of the above commercials ran numerous times throughout the state of Iowa prior to the Iowa caucuses. If you wish to read my blog post that includes all of the updates about air-times, and new and re-worked commercials, you may do so HERE. That post was updated multiple times and is a bit of a mess to follow so, good luck. ;)
The majority of our efforts are being organized on facebook. We realize that not everyone is active on facebook. If you are not, you can contact us via this email address: SP2012Earthquake@aol.com You can donate via PayPal HERE. If you are on facebook, come join our group, learn about us, and PLEASE DONATE.
We also have a "Page" on facebook that you can "like," if you'd like: "Sarah Palin's Earthquake Movement"
We are always in need of more donations. If you wish to donate any amount to help fund the newspaper ads that we are hoping to run in papers across the country, please do so HERE. If you are currently unable to assist us financially or in some other capacity but know others who may be willing to help out, please send them to our facebook group "Sarah Palin's 2012 Earthquake" or share our email address with them: SP2012Earthquake@aol.com
Thank you ALL who have donated not only money but countless hours of their time to this effort. Without the support and encouragement from all of you in the group, none of this would be taking place.
Now, because this is my blog, I'm including the following editorial comment because I feel a need to include it. The following words are MINE and are mostly directed at all of the naysayers that we have encountered over the past few days and months:
Sarah Palin's 2012 Earthquake, Sarah Palin's Iowa Earthquake, Sarah Palin's Earthquake and Sarah Palin's Earthquake Movement DO NOT support writing-in Sarah Palin in the general election in November 2012. If it is an individual's choice to do so, that's up to them. However, this is NOT something for which this group is advocating.
We are also not seeking to divide delegates and/or "mess with the election" as has recently been suggested by those who are ignorant about our cause, among other things. It is our belief that if a candidate, any candidate, has enough popular support in any primary or caucus, the efforts that we undertake will not affect those candidates in any way. If they're so popular, their own supporters will be responsible for their success or failure, not us. So, those who want to blame the Earthquake groups for their candidate's failure to win a delegate or two, had better re-think whom they've chosen to support. Perhaps you're backing a loser? It's hardly our fault that your chosen candidate can't garner enough votes for a win.
Those who choose to write-in Sarah Palin's name on their primary ballot are making a statement with their vote. They are, in essence, rejecting the current crop of sub-par candidates and voting their conscience by writing her in. Whether their vote counts or not, they are able to know that at least they did not participate in the selection of another GOP-propped-up establishment-type pick for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.
These are the feelings of many of us who still wish to see Governor Palin enter this race. Personally, in the general election, I will vote for the eventual nominee whomever it may be. However, in my state primary, even though my vote won't even count (unless Governor Palin signs an affidavit agreeing to be on the ballot at least 10 days prior to our primary on May 15th), at least I can vote with the comfort of NOT having voted for one of the other sub-par candidates, all of whom I deem to be unfit for taking on the task of what this nation is facing.
This is still America and I own my vote and I will do with it as I see fit.
You should do the same with yours and stop blaming others for the failure of whichever candidate you are supporting.
One more thing, until Governor Palin suggests that the Earthquake stop it's efforts, or until she personally endorses a candidate, we will be continuing. That will not change no matter how many people lie about us or attempt to smear our efforts. In this effort, we take our marching orders from God, Governor Palin, and ourselves. We do not seek nor do we require the approval of ANYONE else..
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